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Memoirs - 1943. Hunt High School, Hunt, Idaho
[Hunt, Id, 1943. [60]pp. Embossed blue cloth, gilt panel on front board. Minimal wear at edges and corners. Contemporary, neat manuscript inscriptions scattered throughout. The first yearbook for Hunt High School, commemorating the experiences in 1942 and 1943 of students, teachers, and staff at the newly established school that operated in the Minidoka Japanese internment camp in southern Idaho during World War II. Beginning in 1942, the camp took internees predominantly from Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, and at its peak, when the present volume was published, it held nearly 10,000 prisoners. The initial pages of this volume contain "Dear Diary" entries, which briefly chronicle the terrible conditions and lack of facilities experienced by internees when they arrived in late summer 1942. The September entry, for example, simply states, "Dust -- blinding, penetrating, suffocating dust! No trees, no grass -- just sagebrush! There are no schools, no recreational facilities, and. no hot water. We start from almost nothing. But before the month is over we enroll for school." In November, "School Begins! In bare, unfinished barracks we sit at 'seat-attached' dining tables, and try to study with the meager supply of books on hand. With November came the cold, the rain, and the first snow. We struggle through deep treacherous mud to school." Following these entries, the first principal section of the yearbook contains portraits of faculty administrators and students. The teachers and staff are almost entirely white, except for a small cohort of eighteen internees called "Cadet Te … [Click Below for Full Description]
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